James Bond and Potter cars in Tel Aviv

By Zoe Winograd, July 18, 2013

The Batmobile, Hagrid’s motorcycle from the Harry Potter films and 007's Aston Martin from the latest Bond movie Skyfall are just three of the 14 vehicles that have arrived from Hollywood for this week’s Automotor exhibition in Tel Aviv.


Oh, brother: Documenting the rise of the Emanuels

By Jenni Frazer, July 18, 2013

Zeke Emanuel was the target of bilious commentary by British TV presenters over his participation in a 1981 reality show, Now Get Out of That. An early precursor of the Survivor programmes, the show featured students in an Oxford versus Cambridge challenge performing a variety of physical and mental tasks.


Madonna and Guy Ritchie reunite to celebrate son's barmitzvah

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

Madonna has celebrated the barmitzvah of her son Rocco in New York.

The singer was joined by ex-husband British director Guy Ritchie at the ceremony at the city's Kaballah Centre last Saturday.

Neither Madonna or Mr Ritchie is Jewish, but the singer has studied Jewish mysticism for over a decade and has adopted the Hebrew name Esther.

She is rumoured to be house hunting in Israel.


Python man wins full Monty

By Simon Rocker, July 11, 2013

The producer of the film, Monty Python and Holy Grail, who won a High Court case against the Pythons over unpaid royalties, has expressed his regret at how the legal battle has destroyed his friendship with John Cleese, Michael Palin and the rest of the comedy team.


Sarah Silverman tweet sparks US abortion row

By Anna Sheinman, July 11, 2013

A tweet by US comedian Sarah Silverman saying that she would like to ‘anally probe’ the governor of Wisconsin in reference to a new abortion bill has caused a political row.


Alan Sugar says he won't quit The Apprentice

By Ellis Bolle , July 9, 2013

Lord Sugar is not planning to walk away from The Apprentice after nearly 10 years as boardroom boss of the hit BBC reality show.

The peer said: "As long as the BBC wants to screen The Apprentice, I will do it for them".

He was responding to a Radio Times interview with Nick Hewer, his right-hand man on the show, who speculated that Lord Sugar might be thinking of calling it quits.


Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson to divorce

By Sandy Rashty, July 8, 2013

Charles Saatchi has announced that he and Nigella Lawson are to divorce.

The art collector said the decision to end his 10-year marriage to the 53-year-old TV cook was "heartbreaking".

He revealed that the couple were splitting after Ms Lawson failed to defend him during the media storm which followed the publication of photographs showing Mr Saatchi gripping Ms Lawson's neck.


Review: Now You See Me

By Brigit Grant, July 7, 2013

Magic tends to divide an audience. But as one camped solidly in the “Wow, how he did that?” category, I love whatever the likes of David Copperfield or homegrown Dynamo pull out of their wizards’ bags. For, once you become an adult, magic is the only thing that sustains one’s inner child. And that’s a good reason to catch Now You See Me.


Star-studded start for JW3

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2013

Prominent figures from culture and the media, including actress Zoë Wanamaker and former Times editor James Harding, will be welcomed to London’s new Jewish community centre when it opens later this year.

After a decade of anticipation, planning and construction, JW3 will formally open in north-west London’s Finchley Road on September 29.


Leonard Cohen moves concert after Jewish Chronicle story

By Jennifer Lipman, July 4, 2013

Could it be that Leonard Cohen is planning to mark the high holy days in the traditional manner this year?

To the delight of his Jewish fans, and in a decision that would no doubt have pleased his talmudic scholar grandfather, the Canadian star has changed the date of his upcoming London concert so that it no longer clashes with Yom Kippur.